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McGill Junge Wealth Management, (MJWM) a rapidly growing comprehensive wealth management team located in Central Iowa, is looking to hire a Director of Planning. This individual will have the opportunity to play a strategic role and be an integral part of a national premier wealth management team that delivers customized wealth management and investment strategies, complex financial planning, and retirement income distribution strategies for our clients. We serve emerging affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, and business clients.

Role Profile:

The Director of Planning role will be responsible for defining and executing planning strategies related to the financial planning services we provide for our clients. In collaboration with our Leadership team, Advisors, and other team members, this individual will own and have a deep understanding of Financial Planning services as well as lead the Investment and Planning Associate team members responsible for the following: building and updating comprehensive financial plans, preparing for client presentations, executing on new client onboarding, and opportunity management.

The Director of Planning role will be required to proactively seek to maximize value for clients, including but not limited to reviewing market trends, regulatory environment, and the latest technology available in order to provide innovation and thought leadership to the planning committee, Advisors, and MJWM leadership. The Director of Planning and Associates do not have direct client relationship management responsibilities but instead, works closely with the Advisors to understand client inputs to the plan and the recommendations of the Advisor in order to design, construct, & implement the plans.

Financial Planning Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the design, construction, and implementation of plan presentations for clients and prospects ensuring efficient, accurate, and timely execution.
  • Lead the firm’s Planning Committee including the creation of financial planning advice standards, planning philosophy, cutting-edge planning strategy, and financial plan construction/communication techniques.
  • Develop customized planning strategies and construct plans aligned with client objectives and consistent with the firm’s planning strategy.
  • Liaise with the Sophisticated Planning Strategies team regarding complex planning strategies.
  • Collaborate with other client advisors (attorneys, accountants) to build the most accurate plan and efficient experience for the client.
  • Proactive client plan analysis; identifying inefficiencies and opportunities, including recommendations and execution of solutions.
  • Lead the Investment and Planning Associate team members responsible for the following: building and updating comprehensive financial plans, preparing for client presentations, executing new client onboarding, and opportunity management.
  • Maintain a high client service level by working closely with the advisor and client service advisor team to meet client needs.
  • Meet with clients on an as-needed basis and present recommendations as appropriate.
  • Own the MJWM Planning handbook and related processes and procedures.
  • Mentor the Planning team in executing the MJWM Planning handbook and related processes and procedures including conducting training sessions for each team level.
  • Maintain current industry and regulatory knowledge impacting financial planning operations, and update processes as needed to ensure compliance.
  • Implement Financial Planning best practices and process improvement.
  • Collaborate with our Corporate Home Office partners to advocate for necessary financial planning software changes as needed.
  • Be active, present, and proactive in engagement on Corporate Home Office Committees as the opportunity arises.

Team Management and Development:

  • Manage our Investment and Planning Associate team members
  • Mentor and coordinate our Planning team
  • Provide consistent and constructive feedback to other professionals on the team
  • Highly proficient technically and able to convey that technical expertise to team members

Business Development:

  • Develops specialized knowledge and personal presence in a defined market that fits the strategy of MJWM
  • Collaborate with other advisors (attorneys, accountants)
  • Contributes to the building of the MJWM brand through active participation in marketing and charitable initiatives organized by the firm as well as having a strong community presence
  • Active contribution to Business Development and MJWM growth

Firm Leadership and Development:

  • Contribute to MJWM leadership
  • Participate and contribute to MJWM’s strategic direction
  • Serve in the lead role on the planning committee
  • Lead or “captain” projects that improve financial planning operational or management processes in the firm
  • Play a key role in helping to drive the corporate culture of the firm
  • Helping recruit top and diverse talent into the firm
  • Future potential for firm ownership upon completion of path to partnership requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree with major in financial planning, finance, economics, accounting or related field required
  • Experience: 7-10+ years in the Financial Planning Industry. You have acquired at least 2 of the following professional designations with 1 being primary
    • Primary designations: CFP, CPWA
    • Secondary designations MBA, MS, RICP, AEP,CIMA,CFA, CAIA, CPA, JD
  • FINRA SIE, Series 7 and series 63 (preferred or obtainable within 3 months on the job)
  • Life & Health Insurance License (preferred or obtainable within 3 months on the job)
  • Completion of Northwestern Mutual Signature advisory training
  • Financial Planning process knowledge and software experience required
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • High business acumen; understanding of key drivers of ROI/ROE and enterprise value

Key Characteristics:

  • Strong ability to cultivate and maintain relationships
  • Self-confidence/self-esteem combined with emotional intelligence
  • Humility - Acknowledgement of strengths and limitations while maintaining an open mind and a desire to continuously learn from others
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Approachable, respectful, inclusive communication
  • Ability to convey financial knowledge to clients, advocates, and team members.
  • Strategic thinker and a team player
  • Works collegially and productively with clients, peers, and other team members
  • Trustworthiness and Integrity-This is a cornerstone of MJWM
  • Leadership qualities; ability to delegate and hold oneself and others accountable
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback
  • Effectively manages, mentors and coaches others
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to embrace change and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Thorough preparation and organization
  • Willingness to do “extra” for the benefit of clients and the business
  • Exhibits the cultural values of MJWM